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If you want to have a pristine smile this holiday season, then it’s best to keep your teeth and gums in mind this Thanksgiving. The Thanksgiving holiday could harm your smile more than you know. This is why our Healthy Smiles Dental Care® of Jewell Lake dental team encourages you to do the following things:

-Don’t snack all day: Usually, there are many treats and snacks laying out on the table before and after Thanksgiving dinner. If this is the case for your family, it’s best to avoid snacking throughout the day. Snacking can harm your smile because it doesn’t give your teeth the chance they need to rejuvenate and build strength to fight harmful food particles at the next meal.

-Be careful with dessert: Sugar is an enemy to the smile, which is why it’s best to limit your sugar consumption. However, if you do decide to eat or drink a sugary product, make sure to rinse the harmful particles away by drinking a glass of water afterward. You can also rinse your mouth if you feel it’s necessary.

-Brush your teeth: It’s important to brush your teeth after you are done eating. This will help you clean the harmful food particles away from your teeth and gums. As you brush, make sure to use a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste. However, if you ate or drank something that was acidic, please wait 30 minutes before brushing.

-Wear a mouthguard: For many people, it’s tradition to play a game of football before or after Thanksgiving dinner. If this is the tradition for your family, then please protect your smile with a mouthguard. Wearing a mouthguard can help you protect your teeth when hard, forceful objects hit them.

Doing these things will help you keep your teeth, gums, and oral health in tip-top shape this holiday season. If you have any questions or if you would like to learn more about how to have a smile-healthy Thanksgiving in Barton City, Michigan, please call our office today at 989-736-7000. Your dentist, Dr. Steven Rodriguez, and our dental team are more than happy to assist you in any way we can. We look forward to hearing from you!